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JAY REISE

JAY REISE

Works

Recordings

Reviews


Jay Reise is the composer of the opera Rasputin which was commissioned by the late Beverly Sills and premiered by the New York City Opera in 1988. It was described in The Washington Times as “a spellbinding, challenging and profoundly beautiful creation.” Rasputin was given its highly successful Russian premiere in Moscow by the Helikon Opera in September, 2008.

Reise’s Oscar Wilde-based ballet fairy-tale The Selfish Giant was commissioned and premiered by the Philharmonia Orchestra in London in 1997. Other recent works include The River Within (Concerto for Violin and Orchestra) (2008) premiered by Maria Bachmann and Orchestra 2001; the Concerto for Horn and 7 Instruments (2006), commissioned and premiered by the Network for New Music and Adam Unsworth; and the piano quintet Powers That Be (2005), commissioned by the Barlow Foundation and premiered by the Cassatt Quartet and Marc-André Hamelin.

Reise was born in 1950 in New York City and has lived in Philadelphia since he was appointed to the music faculty at the University of Pennsylvania in 1980. Previous to his appointment at Penn, Reise taught for four years at Hamilton College during which he composed his first two symphonies supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Guggenheim fellowship. Symphony of Voices was premiered at the Monadnock Festival, and his Second Symphony was premiered by the Syracuse Symphony, conducted by Christopher Keene, and performed subsequently by the Philadelphia Orchestra. His Third Symphony was supported by the Dietrich and Rockefeller Foundations and premiered by the Long Island Philharmonic. Other awards and fellowships have come from the Fromm Foundation, Bellagio, the Camargo Foundation, and twice from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The music of Jay Reise music has been performed widely both in the United States and abroad including an all-Reise retrospective concert in Moscow in 2000. He has been a recipient of the US-Japan Creative Arts Fellowship and has served as Director of Contemporary Music at the Grand Teton Music Festival.

Deeply influenced by Carnatic (South Indian) music and jazz (especially Jimmy Giuffre and George Russell), Reise works with a technique that he calls “rhythmic counterpoint” in which rhythmic motives are developed within the phrase such that the cadence point is implied by the rhythms alone. This technique has been a part of his music since 1990.

Among his recordings are the chamber concerto Chesapeake Rhythms and Concerto for Cello and 13 Instruments recorded on CRI by Orchestra 2001. The Devil in the Flesh and Other Pieces (Albany) features pianist Marc-André Hamelin. Jay Reise: Chamber Music (Albany) was released in March 2008 through support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Gregory Fulkerson, Jerome Lowenthal, Charles Ullery and the Cassatt Quartet have also recorded his music.

Jay Reise’s articles have appeared in Opera News, Nineteenth-Century Music, Perspectives of New Music and Reading World Literature. His music is published by Merion Music/Theodore Presser Co.

For more information, please visit jayreise.com

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Works

Band | Chamber and Jazz Ensembles | Instrumental Solos | Keyboard | Opera | Orchestra | Vocal and Choral




Band


Tinicum Rhythms for Wind Ensemble (1997) -- 14'
3(Picc.)-2-5(E-flat Cl., B.Cl.)-2-2-A.Sax, T.Sax, Bari.Sax; 4-5-3(B.Tbn.)-Bari.Hn.-0; Timp., 3Perc.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; April 1997



Chamber and Jazz Ensembles


Across the Horizons -- 21'
Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano
Published: #144-40480
Premiere Information: March 26, 2004. Four Horizons Quartet, Philadelphia, PA
Recordings


Celebrations for Brass Quintet (1994) -- 4'
Published: #144-40270
Commission Information: University of Pennsylvania, for the inauguration of President Judith Rodin
Premiere Information: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; 1994


Chesapeake Rhythms Concertino Rhythmikosmos for Eleven Players (1995) -- 16'
Fl., Ob., Cl., 2Vln., Vla., Vcl., Cb., Pno., 2Perc.
Available from the Presser Rental Library


Concerto for Cello and 13 Instruments (2000) -- 23'
Vcl. Solo; 1(Picc.)-1-1-1; 1-0-0-0; 2Perc., Pno., Str. Quintet
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Written for and dedicated to Orchestra 2001, James Freeman and Ulrich Boeckheler
Premiere Information: Orchestra 2001, James Freeman, conductor, Ulrich Boeckheler, cello; Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA; May 6, 2000
Recordings


Concerto for Ten Players
Available From Composer


Duo Concertante for Two Violins
Available From Composer


Memory Refrains for String Quartet (2001) -- 25'
Published: #144-40440
Recordings

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#144-40440P)
Full Score - Large (#144-40440S)


Moonwatching for Flute and Violin (1994) -- 10'
Not yet released (in prep: #144-40249)
Premiere Information: Society of Composers Regional Conference; Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; October 29, 1994


Nightones for Trumpet, String Quartet, and Keyboard Percussion
Available From Composer


Open Night Poem-Caprice for 6 Instruments (2003) -- 17'
Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: November 13, 2003. Tara O’Connor, flute; Igor Begelman, clarinet; Ayano Ninomiya, violin; Clancy Newman, cello; Eric Moe, piano; Don Liuzzi, percussion. Kimmel Center Presents
Recordings
Reviews


Poem (Prelude) for String Quartet
Published: #144-40179
Additional Information: Version for String Orchestra also available.


Sinfonietta for Woodwind Quintet (1985) -- 15'
2-2-2-2; 2-0-0-0
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: National radio broadcast, November 1985


Skyward for Jazz Ensemble
Available From Composer


String Quartet No. 1
Available From Association for the Promotion of New Music


String Quartet No. 2 (1982-83) -- 17'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Samuel S. Fels Fund of Philadelphia
Premiere Information: Cassatt String Quartet; Bar Harbor Festival, Bar Harbor, ME; August 5, 1988
Additional Information: Dedicated to Iso Briselli.

Available Separately:

Score and parts (#144-40180)
Set of parts (#144-40180P)
Full Score - Large (#144-40180S)


Trio Rhythmikosmos for Violin, Cello and Piano (1993) -- 18'
Published: #144-40251
Premiere Information: Mobius Trio; Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC; June 6, 1993
Additional Information: Dedicated to Adrian L’Armand.
Recordings

Available Separately:

Set of parts (#144-40251P)
Full Score - Large (#144-40251S)


Yellowstone Rhythms for Bassoon and 10 Instruments (2000) -- 17'
Bsn. Solo; Fl.(Picc.), Ob., Cl., Perc., Pno.(Cel.), 2Vln., Vla., Vcl., Cb.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: Network for New Music Ensemble, Jan Krzywicki, conductor, Charles Ullery, bassoon; Settlement Music School, Philadelphia, PA; April 22, 2001
Additional Information: Chamber ensemble transcription of original version for Bassoon and Piano. Version for Bassoon and Orchestra also available.



Instrumental Solos


Apres for Flute Solo
Available From Composer


Bagatelles for Violin and Piano
Available From Composer


Bassoon Conjurings for Bassoon Solo
Available From Composer


Conjurings for Flute Solo
Available From Composer


Dragonflies sing near for Guitar Solo
Available From Composer


Duo Rhythmikosmos for Violin and Piano (1994) -- 23'
Not yet released (in prep: #144-40250)
Commission Information: Network for New Music
Premiere Information: Geoffrey Michaels, violin and Charles Abramovic, piano; West Chester, PA; May 1994
Recordings


Fantasy for Cello and Piano
Available From Composer


Four Dark Caprices for Clarinet and Piano
Available From Composer


Futari for Clarinet and Piano
Available From Composer


Hyperdensity for Clarinet Solo
Available From Composer


La Choumine for Viola and Piano (1984) -- 5'
Published: #144-40135
Commission Information: Written for Nancy Uscher.


Yellowstone Rhythms for Bassoon and Piano (1995) -- 15'
Published: #144-40272
Commission Information: Written for Charles Ullery.
Premiere Information: Charles Ullery, bassoon; Grand Teton Music Festival, Teton Village; Summer 1995
Additional Information: Transcriptions for Bassoon and Orchestra, and for Bassoon and 10 Instruments also available.
Recordings



Keyboard


New Idols for Organ
Available From Composer


Prelude for Christopher Keene for Piano Solo
Available From Composer


Preludes for Piano

Preludes for Piano, Book I for Piano Solo

Preludes for Piano, Book II for Piano Solo


Preludes for Piano, Book I for Piano Solo (1972-76)
Part of Preludes for Piano
Available From Composer

Movements:
Morning Star
Nocturnal
Quiet Time
Scape
Scriabinalia
Tempus Fugit


Preludes for Piano, Book II for Piano Solo (1984)
Part of Preludes for Piano
Available From Composer

Movements:
Awakening to Memory
Cascades and Shadows
The Stasis of Delirium


Rhythmic Garlands for Piano Solo (1991) -- 21'
Published: #140-40064
Commission Information: Dedicated to Jerome Lowenthal.
Premiere Information: James Primosch, piano; Curtis Institute of Music; Philadelphia, PA; November 22, 1992
Recordings


Six Pictures from Radiguet’s "The Devil in the Flesh," for Piano Solo
Additional Information: Movements 4-6 also available for 2 Pianos. Movement 2 also available for Guitar Solo.
Available From Composer

Movements:
A Corner in the House of Innocence
Dragonflies sing near (for left-hand alone)
Night falls raining
Romance (for left-hand alone)
The Madwoman on the Roof
Unfounded Joy

Recordings


Sonata Rhythmikosmos for Piano Solo (1993) -- 12'
Not yet released (in prep: #140-40070)
Commission Information: Mari Akagi
Premiere Information: Mari Akagi; Sapporo, Japan; September 1993
Recordings


Tableau fugitif for Piano Solo
Available From Composer


Three Pictures from Radiguet’s "The Devil in the Flesh," for Two Pianos
Available From Composer

Movements:
Night falls raining
The Madwoman on the Roof
Unfounded Joy


Two Popular Pieces from the Operafilm "The Devil in the Flesh" for Piano Solo
Available From Composer

Movements:
Enchantment
Waltz


Two Preludes for Piano
Available From Composer

Movements:
In the Heart of the Heart
Watching



Opera


Alice at the End an Operatic Tableau for Soprano, Oboe, Clarinet, Violin, Piano and Percussion
Available From Composer


Rasputin Opera in Two Acts (1988) -- ca. 2 hrs.
3(Picc., A.Fl.)-3(E.H.)-3(E-flat Cl., A.Sax., B.Cl.)-3(Cbsn.); 4-3-3-1; Timp., 3Perc., Pno., Upright Pno. (on stage), Hp. (amplified), Cel., Str.
Premiere Information: New York City Opera, John Cheek, bass, Christopher Keene, conductor; Lincoln Center, New York, NY; September 17, 1988
Additional Information: Libretto by the composer with collaboration by Frank Corsaro.
Available From Composer



Orchestra


Autumn Rhythms for Orchestra -- 8'
2(Picc.)-2-2-2; 3-3-3(B.Tbn.)-0; 3Perc., Pno., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Hamilton College
Premiere Information: Hamilton College, Clinton, NY; October 8, 1994


Hieronymois Mad Againe Tone Poem for Large Orchestra
Available From Composer


Paraphonia for Large Chamber Orchestra
Available From Composer


Poem (Prelude) for String Orchestra (1982) -- 10'
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia with a grant from the Samuel S. Fels Fund
Premiere Information: Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Adrian Gnam, conductor; St. Mary’s Church, Philadelphia, PA; 1983
Additional Information: Also available for String Quartet.


River Within, The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2008) -- 22'
Solo Violin; 1(Picc.) 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 0; Perc. Pno. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Premiere Information: 12th, 13th April, 2008. Maria Bachman, Violin, Orchestra 2001, conducted by James Freeman. Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA (12th), Swarthmore College, PA (13th).

Movements:
I. Agitato
II. Adagietto inquieto
III. Vivace

Recordings
Reviews


Symphony No. 2 for Large Orchestra (1980) -- 22'
3(Picc.)-3(E.H.)-4(E-flat Cl., B.Cl.)-3(Cbsn.); 6-6-3-1; Timp., 5Perc., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, with a grant from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Premiere Information: Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Keene, conductor; Crouse-Hinds Concert Hall, Syracuse, NY; 1980
Reviews


Symphony No. 3 "Awakening to Memory" (1984) -- 18'
3(Picc.)-3(E.H.)-3(B.Cl.)-3(Cbsn.); 4-3-3-1; Timp., 3Perc., Pno., Hp., Cel., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra, with a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation
Premiere Information: Long Island Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Keene, conductor; Long Island University, Long Island, NY; March 24, 1985


The Selfish Giant Choreographic Tone Poem based on the story by Oscar Wilde (1997) -- 25'
2(Picc.)-2-2-3(Cbsn.); 4-3-3-1; Timp., 2Perc., Org. Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: Commissioned by and dedicated to the Philharmonia Orchestra and Djong Victorin Yu.
Premiere Information: Philharmonia Orchestra, Djong Victorin Yu, conductor; Royal Festival Hall, London, UK; December 4, 1997
Additional Information: Based on the fairy tale by Oscar Wilde.
Reviews


Undercurrents for Bassoon and String Orchestra (1989)
Available from the Presser Rental Library



Vocal and Choral


Alba for Speaker, Small Mixed Chorus, Small Mixed Ensemble (Harp, Piano, Harmonium and Percussion)
Available From Composer


Arcadian Shadows for Soprano, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Available From Composer


Cleopatra for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble
Available From Composer


Kasidah (Testament) for Mezzo-soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


L’Eventail se meurt for SATB Soli and Small Ensemble (Flute, Harp, Percussion, Piano and Electric Harpsichord)
Available From Composer


Movements of Imagination for Soprano and Large Chamber Orchestra
Available From Composer


Paradise with You (from the Operafilm "Devil in the Flesh"), for Soprano and Piano
Available From Composer


Psalm 121 for Chorus
Available From Composer


Psalm 23 for Chorus
Available From Composer


Satori for Soprano and Piano (1995) -- 10'
Published: #141-40046
Premiere Information: Princeton Summer Music Festival; Princeton, NJ; 1995
Additional Information: Text by Damien Kongressi. Also available for Soprano and Piano Trio.
Recordings


Satori for Soprano and Piano Trio (1994-95) -- 9'
Sop.; Vln., Vcl., Pno.
Published: #141-40042
Commission Information: Written for Deborah Massell.
Premiere Information: Hamilton College; Clinton, NY; 1995
Additional Information: Text by Damien Kongressi. Also available for Soprano and Piano

Available Separately:

Full Score - Large (#141-40042S)


Symphony of Voices (Symphony No. 1) for Soprano and Orchestra (1979) -- 16'
Sop. Solo; 3(Picc.); 3(E.H.)-2-2; 4-2-2-1; 3Perc., Hp., Str.
Available from the Presser Rental Library
Commission Information: New Hampshire Symphony with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts
Premiere Information: New Hampshire Symphony, Neva Pilgrim, soprano, James Bolle, conductor; Monadnock Music Festival, Peterborough, NH; 1979


Recordings


Concerto for Cello and 13 Instruments


Composers Recordings, Inc. (New World Records) CRI 899: River Song: Music of Our Time
Orchestra 2001, James Freeman, conductor, Ulrich Boeckheler, cello.



Open Night Poem-Caprice for 6 Instruments


Albany Records TROY1004: Jay Reise Chamber Music
Fresh Ink Players



River Within, The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra


Innova Recordings 745: To the Point
Maria Bachmann, violin, Orchestra 2001, conducted by James Freeman



Rhythmic Garlands for Piano Solo


Centaur Records CRC 2598: "Rhythmic Garlands" and Other Pieces
Jerome Lowenthal/Pno.



Sonata Rhythmikosmos for Piano Solo


Albany ALBANY TROY 665: The Devil in the Flesh & Other Pieces
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano



Satori for Soprano and Piano


Albany ALBANY TROY 665: The Devil in the Flesh & Other Pieces
Jody Applebaum, Soprano, Marc-André Hamelin, Piano



Duo Rhythmikosmos for Violin and Piano


Centaur CRC 2598: "Rhythmic Garlands" and Other Pieces
Gregory Fulkerson/Vln., Charles Abramovic/Pno.;



Trio Rhythmikosmos for Violin, Cello and Piano


Centaur Records CRC 2598: "Rhythmic Garlands" and Other Pieces
Erica Kieswetter/Vln.; Jonathan Spitz/Vcl.; Cameron Grant/Pno.



Yellowstone Rhythms for Bassoon and Piano


Albany ALBANY TROY 665: The Devil in the Flesh & Other Pieces
Charles Uller, Bassoon, Marc-André Hamelin, Piano



Memory Refrains for String Quartet


Albany Records TROY1004: Jay Reise Chamber Music
Cassatt Quartet



Across the Horizons





Albany Records TROY1004: Jay Reise Chamber Music
Charles Abramovic, piano, Allison Herz, clarinet, Karen Bentley Pollick, violin, Michal Schmidt, cello



Six Pictures from Radiguet’s "The Devil in the Flesh," for Piano Solo


Albany ALBANY TROY 665: The Devil in the Flesh & Other Pieces
Marc-André Hamelin, Piano



Reviews


Open Night Poem-Caprice for 6 Instruments

"… there must be something to draw listeners back for repeat visits. That magentism was immediate in the heart-grabbing opening violin solo of the world-premiere sextet by…Jay Reise, titled Open Night… the piece unfolds with a reasoning that's hard to explain but great to feel."

-David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer


River Within, The Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

"Reise has full command of the expressive freely tonal musical language of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that has been adopted to a greater or lesser degree by many of the major talents of our era…Reise retains a distinctive voice in this style."

-David DeBoor Canfield, Fanfare

"…it is an excellent addition to the repertoire."

-Fanfare

"A worthy conclusion of the CD is the Concerto for Violin by Jay Reise: a tour de force for the soloist and no less for the orchestra. Between them they engage in a sharp and contrapuntally dense dialogue, provoking a contagious energy filled with surprises."

-Sinewaves.it

"This is a very exciting piece, easy to listen to and propulsive but not at all ‘harsh’."

-Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition

"… a rather engaging work.

…quite beautiful…"

-Cinemusical

"Composed for a Classical-sized orchestra, it adds spice to its formalist leanings by stripping the orchestral forces back to single winds and brass with the addition of piano (which operates as the default continuo) and a small selection of percussion instruments. The result is something both predictably spare and surprisingly lush, solo winds and brass proving slickly adept at providing astringently contrapuntal commentary on a solo violin line that, itself, soars into virtuosic reveries of 19th-century dimensions."

-theclassicalreview.com

"…the composer has created a most moving work of considerable substance, leaving me desirous of hearing much more of his work."

-Fanfare

"… muscular and energetic.

Reise is constantly imaginative, though the “rhythmic polyphony” techniques he uses do not get in the way of the direct appreciation of music."

-Jeremy Marchant, Fanfare

"…harmonically and rhythmically adventurous.

…this is a high-quality, full-blooded concerto in the tradition of the great mid-20th century virtuoso works…"

-MusicWeb International


The Selfish Giant Choreographic Tone Poem based on the story by Oscar Wilde

"It had epic quality. The full organ, the rolling timps and the squabbling brass at the start had weight. A clumsy giant's angry dissonances were peeled back to reveal strings pulling anguished chords."

-Rick Jones, Evening Standard (London)


Symphony No. 2 for Large Orchestra

"…this score is far more compelling than most comparable works… Reise has achieved a rare balance between accessibility and complexity."

-Peter J. Rabinowitz, Musical America




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